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2020 Chicago Spring Recovery Retreat

Chicago, IL


2020 Chicago Spring Recovery Retreat

For the safety of everyone in our communities, we are canceling the Chicago Spring Recovery Retreat. We will re-evaluate this as the COVID-19 health crisis evolves.  Please visit the website for updates and to check out the free support and online resources. Be well.

May 15-17, 2020


Join friends and fellow travelers for an inspiring Twelve Step retreat at the Cenacle Retreat Center to: 


Chicago Recovery Retreat
Cenacle Retreat Center
513 W. Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614

$225 Early Registration Fee (through April 24)
$250 Regular Registration Fee (April 25-May 14)
Registration includes programming, meals and lodging.

$150 Programming Only Registration Fee (through May 14)
Registration includes programming and meals. Does not include lodging.


The Art of Spiritual Living

It's an open secret: spirituality takes work. It's an ongoing pursuit of spiritual answers and the means to apply them to real life. That's why we need practice. That's why we need patience. During this retreat, Justin Thomas will creatively explore the great questions of spirit, bringing you from basic understanding to a depth of knowledge. Come Sunday, you'll interact with life in an entirely different way: as a spiritual artist.


Justin Thomas Justin Thomas, MA, LADC, is a renewal specialist at Hazelden Betty Ford's Renewal Center in Minnesota. As an artist and yogi, Thomas is a passionate traveler and is inspired by the world's many religious cultures. He studied traditional yoga in India and practices transcendental meditation.



Friday, May 15
  4-6 p.m. Check-in and Welcome Reception (Refreshments Provided)
  6-7 p.m. Dinner
  7-9 p.m. Session 1—East Room
      Kill the Censor and Morning Pages
      Ancient Hindu Meditation
Saturday, May 16
  8-9 a.m. Breakfast
  9 a.m.-noon Session 2—East Room
      How do you Translate a Spiritual Awakening?
      Plan a Date with the Artist of your Spiritual Awakening
      Unblocking Your Soul
      *15 Minute Break at 10:30 a.m.
  12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
  1:30-2:30 p.m. Break
  2:30-5:30 p.m. Session 3—East Room
      The Art of Living for Spiritual Progress
      The Philosophy of Powerlessness
      A Pervasive Spirituality 
  6-7 p.m. Dinner
  7:30 p.m. Twelve Step Meeting—East Room
Sunday, May 17
  8-9 a.m. Breakfast
  9 a.m.-noon Session 4—East Room
      Executing a Plan with Intention
      Self-Protection—Relapse Prevention
      Pleasure, Happiness and Sustainable Contentment
      *15 Minute Break at 10:30 a.m.
  Noon-1 p.m. Lunch and Depart

Questions? Please contact Brigi McHale by email.

HAZELDEN BETTY FORD FOUNDATION PHOTO POLICY: By attending this public event, I hereby grant the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation the right to use and publish photographs and videos of me, or in which I may be included, for editorial trade, advertising, and any other purpose and in any manner and medium and to alter the same without restriction. I hereby release the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and its legal representatives and assigns for all claims and liability relating to said photographs and videos.


The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation's leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults and youth, the Foundation has 17 locations nationwide and collaborates with an expansive network throughout health care. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction.

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